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Willem Sandberg
graphic designer, typographer, designer
24.10.1897 Amersfoort, Netherlands
09.04.1984 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Apprentice at the Herrliberg printing company in Switzerland. 1927 study of Isotype systems with Otto Neurath. Traveled to Germany and visited Bauhaus in Dessau. 1927-1935 study of psychology in Vienna and Utrecht, followed by study of art in Amsterdam. Worked as a graphic artist, from 1928 employment at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. From 1932 member of VANK, the Dutch Society for Arts and Crafts. 1937-1941 Curator of the Department of Modern Art at the Stedelijk Museum, from 1938 also its deputy director and after the Second World War its director. 1947-1951 president of the Dutch Artists' Association. 1948-1960 vice-president of the Dutch Arts Council.


1957 awarded the Werkman Prize of the city of Amsterdam. 1962 honorary doctorate from the University of Buffalo. 1964 chairman of the board of the Israel National Museum and awarded the Frans Duwaer Prize.


Intended for the advisory board of the first documenta. Member of the working committee “Industrial Design and Graphic Design” as well as presentation of own works at documenta 3.